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on 14 December 2004
Ive seen this film a hundred times, yet the originality of it still astounds me. It takes real events and makes them up to date, every detail. Sigourney weaver is excellent as Helen Hudson, and what a character Darryl Lee Cullum is. Great script, great acting, great movie. . Buy it!!
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on 4 May 2001
I bought this DVD with the idea of giving it a go because it sounded like an all right kind movie, and at the price it was selling for, I thought why not - if half good, I only paid half price. What I got was far from a half baked attempted at a scary, entertaining movie! Horror and suspense fans will feel right at home however occasionally cheated by the fact that it doesn't always follow the usual formula & rules of horror and suspense, and also by the fact that it actually has actors that can act and do far more than scream, be blond and run upstairs when they should be running out the door! Full hats off to Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter. DEEP characters, freaky plot, nasty deaths, plus it makes you think and is intelligently made makes this movie something you should stop considering getting, and just get it!
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on 13 March 2014
Criminal profiler and psychologist Dr Helen Hudson becomes entangled in the deadly mind game of a vicious copycat serial killer.

Due to the horrific attack Helen suffered in her past as an agoraphobic she is confined to her apartment.

The killer uses this against her in his murderous attempts to become a famous serial killer.

Detectives M. J Monahan and Reuben Goetz they have the challenge of trying to capture the killer before he kills again and uses his chance to commit another murder....

While th film will win no plaudits for originality or scares, it's still good to see a character driven thriller, rather than one intending to shock with bucket loads of gore and cheap scares.

Weaver is great as the Agoraphobic, but it does become quite funny the amount of times she shouts out for her carer at the beginning.

The actual story is quite good, but the two 'Tyler Durden' showings of the killer before we meet the character is awful, and just gives the whole game away.

Connick Jr is truly great in this, but did he really have to look like the guy from MAD magazine? Even though it's on for more than two hours, it runs at a steady pace, and never really gets boring, thanks to the two leads.
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Copycat [DVD] [1996]

Copycat is an unusual combination of a psychological drama and a horror movie.

Sigourney Weaver is the traumatised Helen Hudson a criminal psychologist specialising in serial killers and now confined to her apartment as an agoraphobic after a particularly vicious attempt on her life.

Detective M J Monahan (Holly Hunter) unexpectedly receives a call from Hudson identifying a particularly nasty murder she is investigating as the work of a serial killer.

It soon emerges the serial killer is replicating the methods of infamous killers making tracing him more difficult.

This is an excellent film, well scripted with outstanding performances from Weaver and Hunter, with exactly the right mix of drama and horror.

An unusual film that succeeds brilliantly.
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on 22 November 2003
A powerful gripping thriller based on an actual event that happened many years ago. Involving a serial killer stalking and strangling his victims, two cops and a psychologist who tries to track him down before he claims more lives with his demonic style execution. Ironically the psychologist happens to be on his very list of victims he kills for fun, thrill and power. Fortunately the psychologist, Dr. Helen Hudson, has an amazing ability to predict when a crime will take place, and the gruelsome outcome before it happens. She also has an obstacle against her in a form of terrifying phobias and panic attacks which could threaten to wreck havoc on her crime fighting skills, putting her life and others involved in danger as well. Incredible acting and drama that is so convincing that you have to see it to believe it.
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on 7 September 2008
Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) stars as psychologist Helen Hudson, who is asked to assist in a crime case involving a serial killer who is copying famous serial killers methods.

Copycat is a complex and exciting thriller from director Jon Amiel, a fast and sophisticated film about finding the truth, and dealing with the consequences along the way. The plot is well written, without over doing the action, and dealing with criminal masterminds on both sides of the law.

Copycat is different from other crime thrillers by being more technically accurate and less on the action and more on the psychology behind the crime case. The plot will require plenty of attention with plenty of twists and flashbacks encoded and come the end, you may be slightly lost but is definitely worth another viewing. The plot can get a bit muddled come the end but the action and suspense will keep you hooked right to the dramatic finale.

The film get you thinking about what happens in a criminal's mind, with their desire to get what they want and how they approach each decision, a thought provoking ideology that at frequent moments will chill you to the bone.

Dermot Mulroney (About Schmidt) gives a good performance and provides some healthy humour to the film and is one of his finest onscreen performances.

With the lack of action, the film can lack at points, but the concept and the unknown identity of the criminal will keep you hooked, not to mention the shadow the serial killer casts over the central character Hudson.

The narrative is helped along by two particular good lead performances from Weaver and Holly Hunter (The Piano) and having two central female leads is a rare and wonderful thing in the crime genre, and both do justice as the psychologist and detective respectively.

The settings are well established, really diving deep into the mind of past serial killers and putting them into current society, which was shocking.

Copycat is an entertaining crime thriller, different from others in its genre and with two really good leads to captivate the mood and tension of the narrative

8/10
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on 27 May 2012
Very much enjoyed this film. Actors who like Sigourney Weaver, achieve greatness on the back of huge block buster series', (alien) are often not remembered for anything else. Unlike Ghostbusters !!! this film evidences Sigourney's breadth and scope as an actress, her role as an alcoholic agoraphobic was poignant, sensitive and well observed. The character's desperation was so obviously portrayed. Not my favourite film Genre, I purchased to view with a friend who is more "into" this type of movie... but I was pleasantly surprised.
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on 5 January 2014
Sadly, It was compared to some classics like " Seven" and been underrated for years.however it is a great example for suspense thrillers as it stays away from some cliches like many so-called thrillers did in the 90s beacause they all had a similar plot.Copycat also shines with its subplot, score and characters that are acted well.

Don't miss it.
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on 1 November 2012
As my title suggests this is a review of the US Import Blu-ray release.
First, and most importantly, for UK buyers....this disc is REGION FREE!!! My region-locked player plays it fine. It's from Warner Bros. who do not region lock their blu-rays.
There are lots of review for the actual film, so in this review I'm only going to focus on the blu-ray release.

The biggest question: Is this worth replacing on Blu-ray. Answer: YES!!
The picture on my DVD is awful, and, while the image on the blu-ray isn't perfect all the time it gets damned close. There is some graininess to the image; but, in my opinion, this film benefits from this atmospherically. Colours are bright and vivid and the blacks are deep. The film continues in this vein throughout with only a few scenes showing grain or soft focus issues.
Overall, if you're a fan this is a must-own and I'm very please I bought it.

If I'm honest, I would have liked more extras. A behind-the-scenes documentary would have been excellent (I'm not a fan of commentaries). But, nonetheless, this is a decent release to blu-ray for this excellent thriller.

Technical Specs:
2.40.1 Widescreen.
Audio: English DTS-HD Master 5.1, German, Spanish and French DD 5.1, Portuguese Mono and a Dolby Surround Commentary.
Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish.
Extras: Commentary and trailer.
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on 9 February 2014
Sigourney is a revelation. Holly is awesome. Harry is believably crazy. The film can be watched over and over again.
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